Hey everyone...Voice of the Chiefs, Mike Boyle here.
I'm excited to start this new blog about our favorite hockey team here on KREM.com.
After the up and downs of the first half of the season, the Chiefs are now playing their best hockey of the season as they head into the final two months of the regular season.
The return of Ondrej Roman, the trade for Brady Calla, and getting all of the guys back from World Juniors have provided the Chiefs the stability up front to match the teams steady defense and goaltending.
The rookies have used their experience gained over the first half of the season to make solid contributions as well. Steve Kuhn has taken his game to another level with Captain Justin McCrae injured, while Brendan Kichton and Cory Baldwin have done great work filling in for the injured Michael Reddington. Reddington should be back in the lineup when the team heads to Everett Wednesday, while McCrae could be back as early as this weekend from his nagging heel injury. Ryan Letts, who's improved a ton from last year, should be back sooner than expected from his shoulder injury too.
I have no doubt that once the team gets healthy, we'll see a club similar to last year's Memorial Cup champs. It will be nice to get well soon, as the team will play Vancouver, the top team in the West, as well as Kelowna, next weekend. They'll be major tests and good indicators where the team sits in the Western Conference playoff picture.
The team's two wins over Tri-Cities these past two weeks have brought back some memories of last year's magical run. We all know it's a long season, and there's plenty of work to be done, but another solid week will help the boys build to the level they'll need come March.
Check into KREM.com every week, as I'll update with news on the team, as well as have interviews with coach Hardy Sauter and the players.
Chiefs head to Everett for a 7:05 game on Wednesday, then return for home games with Chilliwack on Friday and Kootenay on Saturday at 7pm. I'll have the call for you on 1510 KGA on Wednesday and Friday at 6:30. Saturday's game will start on AM 790 KJRB at 6:30, and then will be simulcast on 1510 after the conclusion of the Gonzaga game.
See you at the Arena!